Former CIA and NSA Director, as well as retired Air Force general Michael Hayden, posted on social media on Monday, urging that Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville from Alabama should be removed from the “human race.”
In response to a post on X (Twitter) that said, “Should Tommy Tuberville be removed from his committee? Yes or No?.”
Hayden responded with, “How about the human race?”
His comment triggered a series of harsh reactions, with some pointing out that Hayden had previously signed a letter labeling the Hunter Biden laptop as “Russian disinformation” and had pushed the Russia collusion hoax that former President Donald Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russia.
Donald Trump Jr. blasted Hayden, posting:
The former Director of CIA, who lied to the world about Hunter’s laptop being Russian disinformation and disgraced himself even before that when, as head of NSA, he pioneered warrantless surveillance in the US — now wants to assassinate a US Senator.
Mollie Hemingway, editor-in-chief of the Federalist, tweeted:
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden calls for the assassination of Sen. Tuberville because the senator is performing desperately needed oversight of the U.S. Military. Hayden, a renowned civil liberties violator, promoted the Biden laptop coverup and the Russia collusion scam.
The retired Air Force general’s statement also seems to violate the guidelines set by X, which explicitly forbid “violent speech” and the expression of a “wish of harm.”
Nevertheless, Hayden reaffirmed his stance on Tuesday morning, asserting that he still held that opinion saying:
I was surprised to wake up this morning and discover that many MAGAnuts had lost their minds over my suggestion that “Coach” Tuberville not be considered a member of the human race. I stand by that view. I’m wishing you all a nice day even the intransigent Tommy Tuberville.
The Biden administration, Democrats, and the national security community are angered by Tuberville’s move to prevent the Senate from universally approving the Biden administration’s promotions of approximately 300 senior military officers. He is taking this action in response to the Biden Pentagon’s policy of funding travel for service members to get abortions.
Tuberville contends that the policy violates the Hyde Amendment, which restricts the federal government from funding abortions except in specific circumstances.
The Senate still has the option to approve these promotions individually, and it has recently endorsed a number of them.
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